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Water-Year Summary for Site 06865000

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00054 Reservoir storage(Mean)  
62614 Elevation, lake/res, NGVD29(Mean)  

Water year 2021: 2020-10-01 to 2021-09-30

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USGS Water-Year Summary 2021
LOCATION - Lat 38°36'25", long 97°58'00" referenced to North American Datum of 1927, in SE 1/4 NW 1/4 NE 1/4 sec.03, T.17 S., R.6 W., Ellsworth County, KS, Hydrologic Unit 10260006, in control tower at dam on Smoky Hill River, 12 mi southeast of Kanopolis, 25 mi southwest of Salina, and at mile 183.7.
DRAINAGE AREA - 7,857 mi².
PERIOD OF RECORD - February 1948 to current year (monthly records only prior to October 1956). Prior to October 1971, published as "Kanopolis Reservoir."
GAGE - Water-stage recorder. Datum of gage is NGVD of 1929 (levels by U.S. Army Corps of Engineers).
REMARKS - Reservoir is formed by earthfill dam. Storage began Feb. 17, 1948, and dam was completed in same year. Current conservation pool elevation first reached July 1948. Capacity, 425,700 acre-ft between elevations 1,415 ft, sill of outlet gage, and 1,508 ft. Crest of uncontrolled spillway is at elevation 1,507 ft. Storage capacity of 356,700 acre-ft above elevation 1,463 ft is provided for flood control. Storage capacity of 55,800 acre-ft below elevation 1,463 ft is provided for conservation and recreation. Inflow partly regulated by Cedar Bluff Reservoir (station 06861500). Figures given herein represent total contents. Satellite telemeter at station.
EXTREMES FOR PERIOD OF RECORD - Maximum elevation, 1,506.98 ft, July 14, 1951, contents, 435,100 acre-ft; minimum elevation since conservation pool was first filled, 1,453.50 ft, Sept. 30, 1988, contents, 29,870 acre-ft.